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The Japanese Cars That Best Serve Drivers

Sometimes, Japanese cars can go a little underappreciated. People find it easy to get excited about the best German or Italian cars, but not so much when it comes to Japanese cars. This is a little unfair because some of the best cars in recent times and throughout history have come out of Japan. It’s a country with a strong car manufacturing tradition. And they clearly know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to making cars for the consumer market. So, don’t underestimate what they have to offer.

In particular, Japanese car companies are known for creating cars that innovate and are very reliable. This is what their reputation revolves around. As any driver will know, there are not many things more valuable than reliability when it comes to buying a car. Everyone wants a vehicle they can rely on all years round. But which cars are their best? And which ones serve drivers better than all the others? Over the years there have been many achievements in Japanese motoring, but the cars below remain the best for drivers. Read on to find out some more.


Subaru Impreza

The Subaru Impreza might have started out as a rally car, but it has since become a great consumer car too. Anyone who has spent time driving one of these vehicles knows how fun they are, and they look unique too. Everyone knows an Impreza when they see one. And it remains the best car that the people at Subaru have ever come up with as well. The turbocharged all-wheel-drive car offers you something that is impossible to recreate in any other car. You should take one for a test drive if you still don’t believe me. You won’t be disappointed.

Toyota MR2 Turbo

In the early 90s, Toyota put out its best car of all time, and it was called the Toyota MR3 Turbo. The amazing thing about this car is that it offered incredible speed and style, while also being very practical. Very few cars manage to do all of those things. So, when you find one, you should recognise and praise its achievements. It’s one of those cars that simply manages to be entertaining to drive. You never get bored of it. While, at the same time, it can function as a perfectly suitable and adept family car, so you can have it all.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution might not be the most affordable car to own. But it is still one of the very best. You can accept the high running costs more easily when you look at what you’re getting for your money. It’s a car that is fast and sporty, while managing to remain incredibly smooth as you push it to the limit. The way the car handles when you’re on the road is a real joy to behold as well, and things like this can be very important to drivers. If you’re looking for a Japanese car that offers an unrivalled driving experience, then the Lancer Evolution is certainly the one. There are not many cars like it.

Nissan Juke

Nissan is a company that has made many top cars over the years. It made a big step forward when it manufactured the fully electric Nissan Leaf. It’s a car that not only manages to stay completely green and clean but is also great to look at. But, for me, the best Nissan car remains the Juke. It’s a car with a lot of staying power, and the newest model is being released this year. The space and power of the car make it very appealing to modern families. And the fact that it’s so reliable is also a great selling point too. Unlike many large, spacious cars, it’s also very well-designed and very stylish. You can see what I mean by browsing them at Pentagon-Group.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

The Mazda MX-5 Miata has been around for a while, but the latest version of it is better than ever. Of course, the stylish and sporty design of the car is still as impressive and unique as ever. And the affordability of the car makes it stand out among other similar sports cars. This is one of the things that make is so appealing to drivers who want something sporty and fun to drive. The car is fast, pacey and the design has been inspired by the best sports cars of the 50s and 60s. Combining that classic style with modern interiors makes it a great car to drive, and it serves drivers well.

Honda Insight

Back in 1999, the Honda Insight was already making steps to improve efficiency and lower emissions. It’s a streamlined car with all the hallmarks of today’s low-emissions cars. You can see it’s influence and impact everywhere. It’s the first hybrid car to really show the world that hybrids can be good to own. It’s an example of the huge technical advances that have been made by Japanese car companies. And it was a step forward at a time when that kind of change was needed. It broke efficiency records at the time, and it’s still a car that is fun to own and drive for ordinary people.

Mazda Cosmo

The Mazda Cosmo is one of the best cars around, and it’s certainly one of the best that has come out of Japan. You’ll have to pay a lot of money to get your hands on one these days. It’s a car with a brilliant 60s style and the engineering faultless too. It was one of Japan’s first GT coupes, and many would argue that it was never bettered. That was way back in 1967. If you get the chance to see one up close, you’ll see that the styling and design haven’t aged a bit. It’s one of those cars that will always be timeless, even if you might never get the chance to drive one for yourself. You can be sure that the driving experience is perfect though. At least, that’s what owners have always said.


Miniature Motoring: Hotwheels Honda Civic and Porsche 993 GT2

You’re never too old for diecast cars. You can call them toys, or models, or collectibles, or a hobby, but either way – we still think they’re awesome. We always sneak a cheeky look at the Hotwheels or Matchbox cars in supermarkets or whilst out and about, so here’s some of the cars we’ve purchased recently:

Hotwheels Porsche 911 GT2 (993)

I’ve always been more of a fan of the standard cars, not so much the GT Porsches, but the detail on this little GT2 is really quite remarkable. The spoiler itself isn’t a plastic afterthought, but a metal moulding, and the louvres in the rear deck and details on the bonnet are all top quality. It’s amazing to see how good 1/64 scale models are these days, and Hotwheels really do lead the way.

Hotwheels Porsche 911 993 GT2 2

Hotwheels Honda Civic DOHC VTEC

I try to limit myself to just one purchase per shop… But in this case I was just so torn between the Civic and the Porsche that I found myself at the cash till with two Hotwheels, breaking my own rule. Anyway, who cares when they look this good? The Civic is an excellent little diecast model, the detail is fantastic and the ride height is just spot on. The JDM modified look really suits the Civic in any guise, and this has instantly become one of the favourites in my growing collection of diecast vehicles.

Hotwheels Honda Civic JDM VTEC4


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Miniature Motoring: Datsun 510 Wagon and 620 Truck

You’re never too old for diecast cars. You can call them toys, or models, or collectibles, or a hobby, but either way – we still think they’re awesome. We always sneak a cheeky look at the Hotwheels or Matchbox cars in supermarkets or whilst out and about, and have a particular preference for anything Porsche. Here’s a few we’ve rounded up so far:

Hotwheels Datsun 510 Wagon

Hothweels Datsun 510 Wagon

Theres 2 points to make about this awesome Hotwheels Datsun 510 Wagon…

1) It’s infinitely cool

2) It’s actually a very, very good replica of a real car…

Datsun 510 Race Wagon Hotwheels Real Thing

Hotwheels Datsun 620 Pick Up Truck

Hotwheels Datsun 620 Pick Up

Pick up trucks are freaking cool, and fast pick up trucks are even better. This one looks seriously fast. You can almost imagine it having a Chevrolet LS2 lump up front… It’s a rad little die cast, and also a faithful version of the original.

Datsun 620 Truck Hotwheels Real Thing